Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bachelor Scorned! Let The First Dates Begin!

Hello lovelies! I know I'm not the only one who thought that silence may be golden, but muzzles should have been used on last night's episode! One thing is for sure...there were tons of fireworks on hand to close out Memorial Weekend for our wonderful neighbours in the US! I would love to fast forward and talk about the end of the show, but we have much more to cover before then. Grab your bevvies, fasten your seat belts, and let the games begin!

You know it's not the start of the season without Chris Harrison visiting the star of the show to see how she's doing. I still appreciate that Kaitlyn asked about Britt again, to make sure she was OK. Regardless of what some people may think of Kaitlyn (more on that later!), she has been very classy with how she has handled her new title and the situation as a whole. She's definitely ready to get to know the men, and start the dating process!

Britt calls her mom from the hotel room, letting her know she was not going to be the next Bachelorette. She had a mini crying session, which was quickly forgotten after Brady showed up at her door. One hug later, and these two are about to start their own journey to find love!

The first date involves the men literally fighting for Kaitlyn's affections, as they have a boxing session with champion boxer Laila Ali. Daniel, Justin, Jared, Corey, Tanner, Cooper, Ben H., and Ben Z. are brought along for the wild ride. I have to admit, it was fun to watch the men step out of their comfort zone to impress Kaitlyn. They stepped up to the challenge, and delivered in the boxing ring. I think Kupah forgot that he was actually on a date, and needed to spend time with Kaitlyn. Someone buy this man a clue!

Kaitlyn sat ringside, and watched the men pair off and spar to move on to additional rounds. Jared was one of the men who stood out the most, but he was unfortunately knocked out by Ben Z. in the final round, and was sent to the hospital. Talk about taking one for the team!

Ben Z. is one of the standouts on this date, opening up to Kaitlyn in private about his mother passing away of cancer when he was 14. The emotional connections are just as important to Kaitlyn as the physical ones, and he ends up getting the group rose and a kiss. Jared gets a huge Honourable Mention, sending her a private note to meet her downstairs for his own time with Kaitlyn. Browine points and a kiss go to him. Game on!

This week's 1-1 date goes to Clint, who is whisked away by Kaitlyn for a underwater photo shoot at a private villa. Kaitlyn is still impressed by the drawing he created for her of Chris Harrison with the triceratops (which trumps any of the stick figure drawings I have ever created!). I thought this date was incredibly cool. You could see the two of them getting more comfortable with each other as the photo shoot took place. The pictures were stunning, and the chemistry between Kaitlyn and Clint was undeniable. Having an underwater photo shoot is now on my list of fun things to try! Needless to say, Clint gets the rose, and a makeout session. Is anyone keeping score of how many times Kaitlyn kissed the bachelors in the episode? I'll give you the final tally at the end of this post

The final date of the week was a group date that took place at a comedy club. This time. Kaitlyn brought along JJ, Jonathan, Joshua, Chris, Ian, Joe, and Tony along for the ride. It was nice to see the men squirm on this date, and some of them truly stepped up for their performances on stage. I love how Amy Schumer took JJ down a notch, telling him he wasn't the smartest person in the room. Personally, I think he's the breakout jackass of the season, proving that arrogance is NOT an attractive quality in a man! Sadly, Kaitlyn only sees one side of him, as JJ reels her in on the emotional tip while talking about his three year-old daughter. The rest of the group sees him for the player he really is! For his efforts, JJ gets the group rose.

If JJ is the breakout jackass, then Tony is the breakout Fruit Loop! Saying things like "You're an enigma, wrapped in a riddle', and referring to Kaitlyn as '..a combination lock, not a key turn', makes me want a reference guide to understand what the hell he's talking about!

Finally, I get to dish about the best part of the episode - the cocktail party, and fireworks that take place at the end of the episode! JJ starts the night off on a negative tone, by stealing Kaitlyn for private time. Buddy, you already have a rose, and the men agreed to let the men who didn't get a date with Kaitlyn that week have time with her first. To quote his ridiculous line: Sorry, I'm not sorry. You're an ass!

I am very impressed that Ian finally scored points with Kaitlyn, and surprised her (and me!) with his compassion, and opens up to her about his horrible accident. She felt incredibly comfortable with him, and made the emotional connection they needed. I hope these two get more time together on future episodes. He definitely stepped up as a contender, and scored a kiss from Kaitlyn (total kiss tally for this episode - 6! Go Kaitlyn!)

Finally, we arrive at the moment of the night. Leave it to Kupah to singlehandedly blow his chances of moving on to the next round of dates. This is the guy who made no effort to talk to Kaitlyn on the group boxing date, and he accuses her of ignoring him up to this point. The irony is that Kaitlyn felt a connection with him up until this point, and wanted to discuss his lack of interest in her on the group date. To add fuel to the inferno he created, he puts her on the spot, asking why he's still there. Telling a girl 'I don't want to be here if I'm the minority guy who fills a quota.' isn't going to win you brownie points, Einstein. Congratulations...you just moved to the top of Kaitlyn's list of men who will get the boot!

The hits kept coming, as Kupah started backpedaling after Kaitlyn told him he talked her out of their connection. Flattery after the fact will get you nowhere fast, as we saw a few minutes later. A word of advice, Kupah...make sure the girl is out of earshot before you dissect your conversation with the other bachelors. I love how Kaitlyn stepped in and gave him the boot after he removed the filter, and kept the verbal babble coming. His meltdown for the cameras was the stuff reality TV dreams are made of! I can't wait to see the conclusion of this towering blaze next week!

It was pretty hard to top that hot mess at the end of the show, but showing Britt and Brady's progression of their week long date sessions end with them entering a relationship shows quickly fast things can happen on a reality show. We all know that this isn't the norm in the real world, but hey-whatever works for them! I'm sure we'll have many more updates on these two as the season progresses.

What did you think of last night's episode? I would love to hear your thoughts. Make sure to join me on Twitter next Monday, as we tweet out the drama and fireworks!

Until next time...xo

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Votes Are In, The Tribe Has Spoken...Kaitlyn is the Bachelorette!

Hello lovelies! Another premiere of The Bachelorette is in the books...what a wild ride that was! I am still trying to process everything that happened in both episodes, but I'm happy that the men chose Kaitlyn as this season's Bachelorette. It will definitely be a season filled with surprises, drama and fireworks. Grab your bevvies, and let's get this party started!

I'm not even going to pretend that I wanted Britt to come out on top. For me, Kaitlyn was always the front runner. She's beautiful, funny, spunky, and will definitely add a lot of spice to this season. I'm sure she'll be pushing the envelope on dates, breaking some rules, and take no prisoners. She has already set the bar high for most kisses on the premiere episode! Judging by the reactions of some of the bachelors, there will be a lot of people fighting for kissy face time with our girl Kaitlyn!

I won't drag out this post and analyze everything that happened last night, but I wanted to focus on a few of the highlights that stuck out for me. First, even though I'm not Team Britt, I did feel bad when I saw her react to Chris Harrison telling her she would not be the next Bachelorette. Obviously, Britt was riding a high wave of confidence after meeting her potential suitors. No one wants to be a runner-up in a contest, especially when it comes to being the center of attention for 25 men! She handled the news with class and composure in front of Chris, instead of having a Britt ugly cry we saw last season on The Bachelor! She scored some points for that. I'm sure she'll get some comfort in the form of a potential suitor...more on that later!

Kaitlyn's reaction to finding out she was the next Bachelorette was priceless! I liked how she asked if Britt was OK after hearing she wasn't chosen. That was a classy move. She didn't have much time to get used to the news before heading in to chat with the men, who immediately started fighting for her attention and affection!

Watching the bachelors who voted for Britt stress out over making a connection with Kaitlyn was interesting. They all felt an instant connection with Britt, and were afraid to be sent home before having any chance of making an attempt to connect with Kaitlyn (and have the opportunity to see the world, paid for by ABC!). I loved and appreciated Jared's honesty in telling Kaitlyn that he voted to keep Britt. Like Kaitlyn said, honesty is always appreciated. It's a duel edged sword to be so candid with the truth, but it also showed that Jared was honest and straightforward in his intentions. Shame others weren't more like him...but that would make for lower ratings. It all boils down to ratings, people!

Here are my standouts from last night's episode:
  • Shawn B. may as well have proposed to her at first sight! The guy is crushing on her big time. Their chemistry is obvious (hello first impression rose and kissy face session!). He'll be around all season.

  • Tony isn't happy that he has to share a well with the rest of the men for Kaitlyn's affections. Tell you what, buddy...I'll buy you a shovel. Go home and dig one there. You were into Britt, anyway!

  • Poor Brady was devastated that Britt wasn't chosen as the Bachelorette. Good thing he removed himself from the running, and wants to try and date Britt. If you follow the show on social media, you probably already know how this turned out. I won't spoil it for you, but a simple search on Google on Twitter will answer that burning question for you.

  • I have to give Chris the dentist props for going in for the kill on the first kiss with Kaitlyn! If we know anything about her from last season, she tends to like this sort of assertiveness. I'm sure we'll see a LOT more of this throughout the season.

  • Men who open up to Kaitlyn will get a lot farther in the pecking order! Case in point: JJ opening up in his private time with Kaitlyn scored him huge brownie points. Take note of this, gentlemen...women really appreciate your willingness to open up! Try it more often. :)
After the first rose ceremony, here's who was left standing: Shawn B., Chris, Ben H., JJ, Joe, Kupah, Daniel, Ryan B., Joshua, Tony, Clint, Cory Stansell, Jonathan, Cory Shivar, Ben Z., Tanner, Ian, Justin, Jared.

To be honest, I was more excited about the preview clips of what we will be seeing in upcoming episodes than the actual rose ceremony! Having Nick come back as a suitor for Kaitlyn is crazy! After coming in second to Josh Murray on Andi's season of The Bachelorette, and seeing him drop the bomb about her sleeping with him on their overnight date, I never thought we would see him on another season. I wonder how the other men will handle the news that these two have a bit of a history. Kaitlyn admitting that she slept with one of the men is also interesting. How she shares this information could be a potential time bomb. Guess we will find out soon enough! Bring on the drama, fireworks, and beefcake!

Until next time...xo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Bachelorettes? What 'Chu Talkin' 'Bout, Willis!?

Hello lovelies! I had to dust off the blog for the new season of The Bachelorette after I found out there would be TWO women competing for the title of The Bachelorette. I'm still reeling from Part One of the season premiere. We have lots to dish about, so grab your beverage of choice, and let's get this party started!

Like many other people who watch the Bachelor franchise of shows on a regular basis, I was very skeptical about the approach for this season of The Bachelorette. Putting two women in front of the mansion to meet 25 bachelors, then having the men vote for who they want as The Bachelorette seems crazy! Then again, all's fair in love, drama and Nielsen Ratings! Last night's episode drew in 7.2 million viewers! That's HUGE! I'm not sure if they will keep up those numbers for the entire season, but for a premiere, that's impressive. Anyway, on with the show.

It's no secret that these ladies aren't exactly close friends, but they did a really great job of being civil for the cameras. I have been Team Kaitlyn since I found out she was in the running for the Bachelorette, but I can see the appeal Britt has for the bachelors, as well. She's very attractive and seems to say all the right things to men, However, I think Kaitlyn's laid back attitude and great sense of humour is much more appealing to the bachelors. I hope she comes out on top in tonight's episode.

I will be providing a more detailed breakdown of my thoughts of the bachelors after tonight's episode, but wanted to share a few of my highlights from Part One of the season premiere:

  • I laughed when I heard Tony using the same line on both women! I can only imagine how many women can relate to being in a situation like this one.
  • Shawn E. rolling up in the hot tub car was hilarious! If nothing else, I give him points for being original. At least he didn't have to fight for time in the hot tub out back!
  • Chris should have left the cupcake car in the box! Seriously...use the limo. There are better ways to make an entrance. Bring a cupcake with extra frosting instead. Most women love a sweet treat (unless Chris mistakenly thought that's what they would think of him when they saw him get out of the cupcake).
  • Any guy who give the Bachelorette butterflies at first sight is a keeper! Brady and Shawn are my early favourites!
  • Ryan McDill - there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe what an ass I think he is. I have renamed him Ryan McDouche. Total disaster from start to finish, and I'm glad Chris Harrison threw him out. He needs coffee and a serious detox session. He's also the ex-boyfriend of Nikki Ferrell, Juan Pablo's ex from his season of The Bachelor. Not sure what she saw in him, but here's hoping he stays single for a while.
  • It was interesting to see the ladies scramble for time with the men before they cast their votes on who would be the next Bachelorette. Usually, the mad scramble comes from the men trying to get time with the woman chosen as the Bachelorette. Both ladies have mad hustle game! I can't wait to see what the outcome is tonight.
Although I'm not a fan of having two women having to compete to be The Bachelorette, I'll admit that I was drawn in for the curiosity factor. To me, it made the experience of becoming The Bachelorette less special, and added to an already stressful situation. I'm sure once one of the ladies gets sent home, the experience will take an enormous turn in the right direction. I personally can't wait to see what happens next. Bring on the drama, tears, fireworks and roses!

I would love to hear your thoughts on last night's episode. Who do you think will be the next Bachelorette? Who are your favourite bachelors so far? Let me know! As always, you can follow me on Twitter (@sassygirlcanada), and join along in the live tweets, dissing and hissing every Monday night! Looking forward to tweeting with you soon!

Until next time...xo